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Picnic, traveling exhibit highlights

by: JEFF WILSON - Kiwanis member Mike Ahern serves hotdogs to the crowd.A picnic May 10, in Ashwood, with hotdogs barbecued by Madras Kiwanis, kicked off the celebration of Jefferson County’s centennial. An estimated 50 people turned out for the event.

by: JEFF WILSON - Joe Krenowicz, executive director of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, facing the attendees, discusses the Ashwood Grange. The old grange burned down a couple years ago.A traveling exhibit featuring digital early-day photos of Ashwood was set up at the picnic, located next to a new Ashwood Grange, which is rising from the ashes of the old grange, which burned down a couple of years ago.

by: JEFF WILSON - The first stop on Jefferson County's four-month-long centennial celebration was at Ashwood on Saturday. Among the attendees were owners of vintage cars, above. Ashwood volunteers are rebuilding the grange themselves, donating materials, and accepting donations from others for the project.

by: JEFF WILSON - Longtime Ashwood residents crowned at the event included Louella Friend-DeJager, left behind tent, Sandy Symons-Keegan, Jean Guiney, and Frances Dickson.Four ladies, who were longtime Ashwood residents, were crowned and shared stories about their lives in the area. They included Louella Friend-DeJager, Sandy Symons-Keegan, who was the Ashwood postmaster for 40 years and one day, Jean Guiney, and Frances Dickson.

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